A Weekend Away ::
This past weekend, both the New Orleans and Red Stick Moms Blogs were thrilled to spend time at the Southern Hotel. It was a wonderful occasion for our teams to gather collectively to plan a phenomenal 2018, learn more about each other, and take in some much needed R&R.
The Southern Hotel is located in the quaint town of Covington, just North of Lake Pontchartrain. It’s an easy drive from central New Orleans and a sweet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Once you arrive, you’ll feel all that stress melt away as you take in the meticulously appointed lobby and lounge areas.
We cannot recommend the Southern Hotel enough for a weekend away, without going too far away. Enjoy the charm of Covington, the impeccable service of the staff at the Southern, and time with your loved one(s).
Swag Sponsors ::
We would love to take a moment to share some of the brands who partnered with our team for our amazing day at the Southern Hotel. Nothing gives us more pleasure than treating moms to a few goodies to show them how much we appreciate their efforts, not only at home with their children, but also here on the blog, sharing their heartfelt stories with the world.
My mission is to empower more people to take responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness. Primal Kitchen expands this mission, bringing uncompromisingly delicious, high quality, nutrient dense sauces and dressings to kitchens everywhere.Fashion is no longer just about the dress you are wearing. It is about the entire look. From the right pair of shoes to the perfect hairstyle to match. You wouldn’t wear a pair of cork wedges with a cocktail dress now would you? Let’s hope not. This is the mentality that we bring to the table with KISMET. A beauty line that enhances your overall look. Thus, fashion is head to toe.Remove odors using natural ingredients? That's what Fresh Wave is all about. No harsh chemicals. No heavy perfumes. No toxic ingredients. Which results in no more odor. Who wouldn't love that?'REBL' coming from the initials of owner and designer Rebecca, REBL CREATIVE is a creative works company specializing in jewelry, accessories, and home goods. Located in southeast Louisiana and creating designs for customers around the world. Contact us for custom colors and wholesale orders!The best-selling LifePlanner™ is the ultimate organizational tool for your busy life! Organize your day, your way with your choice of three weekly planning layouts.Ashley Brooke Designs is a lifestyle brand and design studio in the heart of the Sunshine State. The mission has always been simple: Create pretty and witty products that encourage, inspire, and transform the everyday into the extraordinary. From your morning coffee in an ABD mug to jotting down your daily to-do list on one of our notepads, we’re passionate about transforming even life’s most routine moments into special ones.Panda Planner is a daily planner that is scientifically designed to make you happier, more organized and more productive. Created by a once-struggling entrepreneur who found himself riddled with depression and anxiety after Lyme disease, Traumatic Brain Injury and Cancer, Panda Planner uses proven techniques from positive psychology and neuroscience to guide you through an easy-to-follow system that will help you hit your goals, fast!Xodo Botanicals was founded in New Orleans in 2014 by Jane Bleecker, a California native with a hyperactive sense of smell and a lifelong love of plants and gardening. Jane took up experimenting with botanical perfumes and skincare while working as a social worker and found it to be a fascinating and rewarding pursuit. Inspired by the jasmine, gardenia, sweet olive and satsuma blossoms that scent the air in New Orleans, Jane soon became engrossed in the replication of scent memories and in creating products that evoked the lush, verdant landscape of her adopted home of Louisiana.Welcome to Andrea's Vinyl Shoppe! As a former teacher, I love bringing a light to people's day with adorable personalized goodies and gifts. Each item is handmade with love from NOLA!Like eating 3 egg whites, 2 dates, and 6 almonds. It’s how we’ve always described our bars. What’s inside. What isn’t. We think it’s everything you need to know. Industry experts thought it was a big mistake when we put it on our packaging. Logo isn’t clear. No appetite appeal. Hey, we’re not designers, but we held our breath and did it. Haven’t looked back since.We are natural, organic, sustainably-produced goodness. Made with love for you and your body. Pioneering fair trade through Community Commerce at home and abroad. We strive to be sulfate free, paraben free and more, whenever possible. Tested on our family for four generations. Never on animals.Saint Olio creates a healthy way to clean & refresh one’s environment completely naturally. The power comes from essential oils that are potently and naturally antimicrobial (viruses, bacteria, fungi, molds etc.). In medical studies, these essential oils have been shown to alter moods as their molecules hit the limbic system, which is responsible for emotion, behavior & motivation. Saint Olio blends carefully selected ingredients to create luxurious personal and environmental aromas that are not only pleasurable, but are beneficial to one's health and well-being.We are the world’s largest marketer of basic apparel. We sell bras, panties, shapewear, sheer hosiery, men's underwear, children's underwear, socks, T-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece and other activewear. In the United States, we sell more units of intimate apparel, male underwear, socks, shapewear, hosiery and T-shirts than any other company.NOLAS products are created with passion and attention to detail. Word has quickly spread across Louisiana, and indeed across the country. Now these products are sought after by everyone, from the husband looking for the perfect gift, to the high end boutique hotel. Hand made, hand stamped and hand wrapped right here in Southern Louisiana! And as her Husband, I couldn't be more proud! - Mark KlineWe make irresistible treasures with a free-spirit style and positive vibe inspiring people to Give & Live Happy! We believe that it’s the little things that mean the most, that kindness really does matter, you should always be yourself, do what you love and try to make the world a better place.
Giveaway Sponsors ::
That’s right, you heard me! Our team works tirelessly at all of our events and, sadly, they’re not eligible to win all those fabulous giveaways that we feature. Thus, we thought it only fair to host a giveaway table JUST for our team members! Thank you to the brands who provided wonderful gift baskets just for our team!
Ready to Come Home ::
As nice as it was to escape from normal life, especially when you’re in a tranquil and relaxing environment, we were all missing our munchkins by the end and ready to come home. It’s true what they say, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” I long for a little space from time-to-time, but after a day or so, I’m very ready to squeeze those little munchkins, and they miss me, too.
As a parent, it’s so important to remember who you are outside the home. We encourage you all to take a lunch, a bath or even a weekend away to recharge your batteries. We sure are glad that we did.
And, if you’re looking for a staycation, we truly recommend the Southern Hotel.